The New Anti-Catholicism: The Last Acceptable Prejudice

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Click for availability and more information The New Anti-Catholicism: The Last Acceptable Prejudice, by Philip Jenkins

The author, an Episcopalian, is worried about the unfairness and injustice of the anti-Catholicism that is rampant in America now; "it is virtually the only major institution with which such liberties are permitted." He clearly shows how "Catholics and Catholicism are at the receiving end of a great deal of startling vituperation in contemporary America, although generally, those responsible never think of themselves as bigots.." "Almost as troubling as the sheer abundance of anti-Catholic rhetoric is the failure to acknowledge it as a serious social problem. In the media, Catholicism is regarded as a perfectly legitimate target". He describes the history of anti-Catholicism in America and the forms it takes today, dealing with the current major and popular myths about Catholicism, and says "Demon figures are simply useful, if not essential." And he concludes "Anti-Catholic sentiment may simply be too deeply entrenched to eliminate in a decade or a lifetime, but this does not mean that it should simply be ignored. The greatest single achievement might be to acknowledge its existence and to treat is as a form of prejudice quite as pernicious as any other." An absorbing and disturbing book.
-Nancy

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